Ebenezer Alden House Parlor

Before and After ~ The Ebenezer Alden House north parlor.

This Federal-style house in Union, Maine, was built for himself by carpenter and wood carver Ebenezer Alden in 1797, shortly after he completed the carved ornamentation for General Henry Knox’s mansion Montpelier in Thomaston. It remained in the Alden family until the 1970s through Victorian-era alterations and 20th-century neglect.

In the mid-1970s, it was purchased by antique collectors Joe and Hazel Marcus and restored by them. The upper photo shows the north parlor during restoration. In the photo, the fireplace has been rebuilt (they were all removed in the 1860s) but otherwise, the room is not yet restored. The lower photo, by David Clough, shows the room today.

The Alden House is one of 13 featured houses presented between the how-to chapters of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” The houses date from c. 1760 to 1957 and range geographically from Maine to Santa Fe, NM. They were all photographed by noted architectural photographer David Clough for the book. Dave’s photos are shown with historic, “before” and “during” restoration images for all the houses.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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